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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 03:13:26 PM »
Some good points. However, I don't agree with the "poor Phil is shy" argument. The guy plays in front of 20,000 in the stands and millions on television, and is getting paid $64 million to do so. You get over the shyness.

I don't have any studies to cite but in my opinion, it sends a message to teammates about accountability, and another message to teammates and fans that says "I don't give a crap and don't want to be here."

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:47:25 PM »
LOL, OK, how about - they're both guilty, just in different ways.

Besides, what exactly is Clarkson supposed to say? "I suck and don't deserve the contract nor to be playing?" The problem with the team is much bigger and deeper than Clarkson. I maintain that one could easily have singled out Bozak or Kessel or even JVR for the benching. Clarkson may not be very good but to me at least, it doesn't look like lack of effort is the issue. Whereas for selected other players, lack of effort does appear to be a significant issue.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:36:55 PM »
I'll tell you what, though - we're all bashing Clarkson but at least he stood there and talked to the media. You may not have liked his answers, but at least he didn't duck out like a certain someone else did.

So?  It's literally meaningless.  No one has yet to demonstrate any correlation between talking to the media and on-ice individual or team performance.  Clarkson could talk to the media until his hair turns gray for all I care.  It won't make him a better hockey player or better leader or better anything other than maybe a buddy to some reporters.

Maybe not, but I think it speaks to a persons character and that can have an effect on teammates.  I don't think it's meaningless but one can debate how important it may be.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:21:58 PM »
I'll tell you what, though - we're all bashing Clarkson but at least he stood there and talked to the media. You may not have liked his answers, but at least he didn't duck out like a certain someone else did.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:18:22 PM »
Hey Highlander, is Shanaplan now Shanatank?

100 IF "have puck" = TRUE then GOTO 300 else GOTO 200
200 TAKE PENALTY
300 FALL DOWN

And there is no end to this IF statement.

Would that technically put it into an endless loop?

Nah, just 7 years.

LOL, it just seems endless.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:54:54 AM »
I can understand possibly keeping Kessel if the team can find a center for him. In that case I think you get rid of everyone else (Phaneuf, Bozak, JVR, Lupul, etc). Kessel has the kind of offensive talent that you rarely find. What I don't understand is why he goes into such prolonged funks. Is it his personality, is he lazy/out of shape? Is it that the combination of him and his linemates makes it relatively easy to play against, something that could be corrected by finding the right center and LW for him?

That said, I wouldn't lose any sleep if he was traded. I just hope the second half of the season hasn't had too severe of an impact on that potential return.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:39:06 AM »
"It may not feel like it right now, but this is a good thing. This, right here, may be the most realistically hopeful time to be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan in a generation."

Those two sentences sum up my feelings pretty well, whether or not the details in the article (such as the comments about Nonis) are accurate.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Leafs Injuries Thread
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:39:21 PM »
time for Joffrey to call it a career and go play guitar for the replacements or death cab for cutie or someone

I think you're confusing him with Lundquist.   :D  If Lupul played guitar he would probably tear his rotator cuff.

Wonder how many rotator cuff surgeries Pete Townshend has had.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:13:52 AM »
To do this tank properly, they should probably be increasing Kessel's minutes instead of decreasing them. 13 minutes/-4, increase that to 23 minutes and you could potentially have -7.

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Perfect tank game.
Yep...entertaining and yet we come up with the L. Winnik and Santorelli looked good. Franson, not so much. If the reports are true of him being able to garner a first rounder and a young player, make that trade!

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Is Carlyle coaching this game? Being outshot 2-1 versus a superior team and yet tied 4-4.

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Wow, intermission analysis of the top line. That third (I think) Ranger goal where, in sequence, Bozak then Kessel then JVR basically just waved at the puck carrier as he went by. That's embarrassing.

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Still think a 1st for Franson is a pipe dream and I'm more than interested to see what kind of returns Nonis is able to get come the deadline.
So if he's getting the green light to blow it up does that mean he won't be fired this summer after all?

I don't think he has green light to blow it up. He has the green light to make the straightforward, obvious moves of shipping out pending UFAs for picks/prospects. Unless we see the Leafs make a major move before he's let go, I'll continue to expect to see him replaced before the draft.

Did he not put price tags on the whole core minus JVR?
What happens if no offers come close to what he's asking for?
I'd think at this point, everyone on the team is available and has a price tag except for Rielly. He's the only player I wouldn't want to see traded. The rest can all go if the price is right.

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That SHG began with Kessel losing a puck battle to Kreider. I guess one shouldn't expect Kessel to win that battle, but where was the help?

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Good effort there from Bozak and Kessel. When does that line get broken up?

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